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I hope you enjoy looking at the various photographs from Vietnam. The enlarged views have a variety of information in the captions. I thought a brief backgrounder might be of help though. Vietnam has a population of over 80 million people with 80% of them living in small towns and rural areas. Industrialization and tourism is still a relatively new development of the past decade. Each area had a very different climate and feel. Ha Noi(4.5m) the capital has a densely packed bussle. To the east is the justifiably famous Halong Bay. Karst limestone foundations rising from the sea make for a very unique seascape. Two hours south is Tam Coc, an area featured in the 90's film Indochine. Five hundred kilometers further south is the old Imperial capital city of Hue(300,000). Hue has excellent cuisine and a comfortabe faded cultured feel. Hue was the scene of some of the heaviet fighting of the American War with 40% of the buildings destroyed when Vietminh and NVA regulars broke the Tet ceasefire and seized the city for 26 days in 1968. The surrounding countryside has a number of tombs of the Vietnamese kings. Traveling further south has Da Nang(700,000) and the ancient port town of Hoi An(80,000). Hoi An is a pleasant mellow smaller city that served as a trading centre to China and Japan in the middle ages. The countryside is never far from town and the various vendors pretty much strap the countryside to their motos and drive it in for you to buy. For the next leg to this journey please hop over to the Laos gallery. Thanks for looking. Steve and Laura.

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